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Release date: 20 April 2012
Style: Gothic metal

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Disc I
01. Solitary One
02. Crucify
03. Fear Of Impending Hell
04. Honesty In Death
05. Theories From Another World
06. In This We Dwell
07. To The Darkness
08. Tragic Idol
09. Worth Fighting For
10. The Glorious End

Disc II [limited edition & vinyl bonus]
01. Ending Through Changes
02. Never Take Me Alive [Spear Of Destiny cover]

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (12)


Line-up
Nick Holmes - vocals
Gregor Mackintosh - guitars
Aaron Aedy - guitars
Adrian Erlandsson - drums
Stephen Edmondson - bass


Additional info
Produced & mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
Engineered by Johan Ornborg.
Recorded by Paradise Lost at Fascination Street Studios & Chapel Studios.
Mastered at Fascination Street Studios.

Layout & artwork by Valnoir.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.8
The defendant rose; his face a blank expression. His lawyer had a concerned look about him. The whole courtroom seemed to be frozen in time. The judge took no joy in delivering the verdict. A weak voice to match his scrawny body slowly spelling it out: "The defendant has been found guilty of musical oversight." You get the picture; I miss the boat on this release. I got so used to hear Paradise Lost experiment with their sound in the early nineties I almost forgot how awesome their song writing can be when applied to good old heavier Gothic Metal era Draconian Times. So my self-inflicted sentencing is to listen to their latest offering until I weep. The only problem is that I keep weeping of joy and I cannot stop listening to this album. Tragic Idol blew my mind from the first note to the last. Whatever was lost about this heavenly band has been fully recovered.

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published 02.06.2012 | Comments (11)

Guest review by
Drummer149

Rating:
9.0
Tragic Idol is Paradise Lost's 13th full-length release…yes you read right 13! This prolific band just keeps on getting better with every release. I had the pleasure of witnessing their live performance at this years Soundwave Festival, they were fantastic with ever song they had the power of an extremely young band but the musicianship of an extremely grown and mature band, they are one of the most under-rated bands in the metal scene, they deserve to be as big as Metallica. The reason why I believe they have stayed so consistently great, is due to the fact their line-up has basically never changed, apart from the drummer who has changed several times, this allows them to have such a musical connection that can progress in such a way that a band with many line-up changes just can not. However this is not to say that a band without line-up changes will stay consistently good, there are a lot of examples that I could mention however I will not in this review.

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published 11.09.2012 | Comments (6)

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Mr. Doctor - 29.04.2012 at 21:05  
 
Written by Amatsu Mikaboshi on 29.04.2012 at 20:01

Exactly. Not that much.


Yeah... so? That's my point. I don't find nothing pecualiar about it o__o

If you were trying to make a point to Marcel's comment. Well, I dunno what it was since I doubt that Marcel liked that artwork as well.
The Melting Snow - 30.04.2012 at 00:27  
Rating: 8 4 people gave the album a rating of 1. seriously? what the hell is wrong with those people
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 30.04.2012 at 03:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.04.2012 at 21:05

Yeah... so? That's my point. I don't find nothing pecualiar about it o__o

If you were trying to make a point to Marcel's comment. Well, I dunno what it was since I doubt that Marcel liked that artwork as well.


Well then it seems like you've got all three of us having the same opinion over it. Because that's what I think over it.
infernaldeath87 - 01.05.2012 at 04:47  
Rating: 9 The artwork reminds me of Baroness. Great album by the way!
InsaneMetal - 01.05.2012 at 21:26  
Rating: 9 Amazing album, definetely one of their best. All the songs are at the very least good.
Troy Killjoy - 02.05.2012 at 07:46  
  Very "meh" feeling about this one. :/
Ag Fox - 02.05.2012 at 16:48  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.05.2012 at 07:46

Very "meh" feeling about this one. :/
same. I can't connect with any of the songs >.> I think they are trying to get back to their older sound, but that doesn't mean it's the guaranteed formula for success...

EDIT: it sounded a bit better today lol
InsaneMetal - 05.05.2012 at 03:08  
Rating: 9 I feel the exact opposite Ag Fox... all the songs are very good imo... very solid album... maybe not at first... but give it some time... I didn't quite enjoy "Crucify" the first time I listened to it... but now I love it.
*!* - 05.05.2012 at 13:58  
Rating: 8 This is a very good release their best since draconian times imo, but still it doesn't really hit me tell now, some moments seems to be forced, but its definitely a grower, its a 8.4 for me...for now
musicalkaratekid - 06.05.2012 at 18:10  
Rating: 9 Having listened to this album over the last few days, I didn't really know how the album's two leading tracks, 'Crucify' and 'Honesty in Death', would match up to the rest of the album. As it stands, the album itself has a lot of variety, not necessarily in structure of musicianship, but the lyrics and tempo of each song. It's noticeable that the guitar work is a lot heavier than on past affairs (influenced by Greg's work on Vallenfyre, perhaps?), as well as the fact that Holmes' clean vocal range is so much better, even if there isn't really a great deal of harsh vocals on offer here. It may seem repetitive and sometimes even dreary to new fans of the band, but the doom metal approach on 'Tragic Idol' is in spades. I believe this to be one of the finest metal albums of 2012, but there's still a long way off yet.
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 08.05.2012 at 05:33  
Rating: 9
Written by musicalkaratekid on 06.05.2012 at 18:10

Having listened to this album over the last few days, I didn't really know how the album's two leading tracks, 'Crucify' and 'Honesty in Death', would match up to the rest of the album.


I know, after repeated listens I've grown to REALLY enjoyed 'Honesty In Death' and thus thou played it the most of all the the album songs since.
ravendeath - 08.05.2012 at 21:00  
Rating: 10 Beside Anathema and The Foreshadowing the best album in 2012. Check my review here: http://terrarelicta.com/index.php/reviews/all-reviews/160-paradise-lost-tragic-idol-cd-2012
Stoned Crow - 13.05.2012 at 04:12  
  Why not simply provide your review for Metal Storm?
Troy Killjoy - 13.05.2012 at 05:33  
 
Written by Guest on 13.05.2012 at 04:12
Why not simply provide your review for Metal Storm?

Because it's easier for him to whore out his reviews on a bigger webzine in order to increase traffic on his site...
BoxCar Willy - 13.05.2012 at 05:59  
Rating: 7 Can't reMember if I've heard this or not :/

Either way I'll check it out (again, maybe)
Stoned Crow - 13.05.2012 at 12:48  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.05.2012 at 05:33

Written by Guest on 13.05.2012 at 04:12
Why not simply provide your review for Metal Storm?

Because it's easier for him to whore out his reviews on a bigger webzine in order to increase traffic on his site...


But this site is better. Just saying...
I think when there is a good thing, you add to a good thing. Why take away from a good thing to make only yourself better? Forgive me, I'm stoned.
kingeryck - 16.05.2012 at 18:56  
Rating: 8 I love Paradise Lost, they've been one of my all-time favorite bands ever since Draconian Times came out.. but they need to change how they write their songs. I just realized that they basically write songs exactly like Iron Maiden. They come up with a title, and they repeat that title 20 times throughout the song and throw a few other filler verses in there and call it a song.

Am I wrong?
Array - 16.05.2012 at 19:47  
Rating: 6
Written by kingeryck on 16.05.2012 at 18:56

I love Paradise Lost, they've been one of my all-time favorite bands ever since Draconian Times came out.. but they need to change how they write their songs. I just realized that they basically write songs exactly like Iron Maiden. They come up with a title, and they repeat that title 20 times throughout the song and throw a few other filler verses in there and call it a song.

Am I wrong?

Yep, with this album they have been a bit lazy. It only works in "Honesty In Death".
Slayer666 - 17.05.2012 at 21:00  
Rating: 7
Written by kingeryck on 16.05.2012 at 18:56

Am I wrong?


Not at all.
I personally think this is a pretty solid album, although I did expect better after their previous one. Tracks 4-7 are quite meh, if they were better, this would really be a killer album. "Solitary One" is especially awesome, one of PL's best overall.
Richard - 22.05.2012 at 03:32  
  I bought the album today, and I'd say it's very good - like most of PL's releases, it will probably need a few listens to fully appreciate (which others have also suggested). Even heavier and darker than their previous 2 albums, but of course with a strong sense of melody, although less immediate 'hooky' choruses perhaps.
BoxCar Willy - 02.06.2012 at 15:29  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 02.05.2012 at 07:46

Very "meh" feeling about this one. :/

Same, it was alright, but nothing really grabbed me.
Urs Blank - 02.06.2012 at 15:48  
  Instantly catchy, quickly boring for me. Sadly a classic with Paradise Lost.
InsaneMetal - 03.06.2012 at 19:42  
Rating: 9 Can't stop listening to this album... all the tracks are awesome. Definetely one of 2012's best, and one of PL's best too.
steelminion01 - 09.06.2012 at 02:54  
Rating: 8 My favorite band, but this album lacked something, i miss their experimenting, i have to admit i miss symbolic and self titled, i did want PL to be heavier again but without losing the other great elements they picked up along the way, i miss all the keys and the atmospheric stuff, over all i wont deny though it was a very good album.
NocturnalStalker - 20.06.2012 at 18:04  
Rating: 7 Three years ago "Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us" made me come to love the music of Paradise Lost again. Now, after listening to "Tragic Idol" I can only say "alas"...
The only song I like on this album is Theories From Another World (probably 'cause it doesn't sound like a usual PL song). Not a bad album but somewhat of a disappointment for me.
Array - 20.06.2012 at 19:48  
Rating: 6
Written by NocturnalStalker on 20.06.2012 at 18:04

Three years ago "Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us" made me come to love the music of Paradise Lost again. Now, after listening to "Tragic Idol" I can only say "alas"...
The only song I like on this album is Theories From Another World (probably 'cause it doesn't sound like a usual PL song). Not a bad album but somewhat of a disappointment for me.

Some lead melodies are a bit of recycled too. With this album I'm just "oh that was used on the album Paradise Lost" or "this part here reminds me of some of the most lame moments on Believe In Nothing" etc. "Theories" had some Shades Of God album feeling in it. This album lacks nuances and cool, insightful parts. I can imagine that Vallenfyre drank Gregor's best juices. And what a borefest is the trio of tracks, which end this album.
Cuca Beludo - 28.06.2012 at 21:02  
  Sounds different from icon and draconian times, more doom. The vocals are also great, he sings powerfully. Looks like this album is better than draconian times.... oh, and the first four tracks are epic.
Tish - 29.06.2012 at 12:41  
Rating: 9 I'm listening this album since I had the opportunity to listen it online...it is by far the most enigmatic and fascinating album...sounds so good...I'm listening the album over and over and i can't stop...amazing songs! Well done with the album!
Promonex - 29.07.2012 at 17:37  
Rating: 7
Written by Ag Fox on 02.05.2012 at 16:48

I can't connect with any of the songs >.> I think they are trying to get back to their older sound, but that doesn't mean it's the guaranteed formula for success...

Finally listened to it as well, and yeah, it does sound like they were trying too hard to make another Icon. As a matter of fact I was expecting Nick to belt out the lyrics of "Colossal Rains" in the middle of several songs.
skime - 14.09.2012 at 14:28  
Rating: 10 I love the album, IMO, for now it's best release 2012. However I was on PL concert this year.. and Holmes couldn't manage to sing properly.. Event with great disappointment.. As I read he's known for that. Anyway we have album where he sings powerfully.
God Alone - 30.09.2012 at 17:54  
Rating: 6 I found it a bit lazy. Pity, 'cause "Faith" was an outstanding work - clearly just a flash of inspiration in a sea of mediocrity.
Allison - 01.10.2012 at 12:13  
  Hii this is Allison...Tragic Idol is the 13th studio album by Paradise Lost. The album was released on 23 April 2012 in Europe and 24 April 2012 in North America via Century Media Records. In support of the album, Paradise Lost will go on a UK concert tour with Insomnium. Formats the album was released through are: Standard CD; Limited Edition 2-CD Box; 12" Vinyl; and a fan box, which includes a poster, slipmat, and army cap.
Array - 01.10.2012 at 19:55  
Rating: 6
Written by God Alone on 30.09.2012 at 17:54

I found it a bit lazy. Pity, 'cause "Faith" was an outstanding work - clearly just a flash of inspiration in a sea of mediocrity.

You don't happen to be Kenos?
Bad English - 03.10.2012 at 19:11  
  Defenetly best album after ''going beck to roots era'' maybemore gothic how others, but defenetly better, all songs, lyrics, melody was composesmore together, more thoughts and more prof work there, good album
deadone - 28.04.2014 at 05:11  
Rating: 7 Great album. Love the riffs and melodies. Theories From Another World is easily one of my favourite PL tracks of all time.
Opethian - 03.06.2014 at 00:18  
Rating: 8 A great release!

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